chapter  13
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• Ernst Lubitsch: The Life Force of Romance

Because Lubitsch was so focused on the romantic comedy, we will look at four of his romantic comedies and how Lubitsch used plot to open up different avenues within the genre. We will focus on “Trouble in Paradise” (1932), “Ninotchka” (1939), “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940), and “To Be or Not To Be” (1942). Because imitation is one form of flattery, I should mention that three of these four have been remade-“Ninotchka” as the musical “Silk Stockings” (1954), “To Be or Not To Be” as Mel Brooks’ 1982 remake of the same name, and “The Shop Around the Corner” as Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail” (1999).